Accession Number:

ADA621061

Title:

Trust: The Key to the Success of Mission Command in the Joint Force

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLLEGE NEWPORT RI JOINT MILITARY OPERATIONS DEPT

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2015-05-18

Pagination or Media Count:

26.0

Abstract:

As the United States military continues to encounter more asymmetric and hybrid security threats, it has moved to the decentralized command philosophy of Auftragstaktik, or mission command. In moving to mission command, we must acknowledge that trust is one of the most important component of a decentralized command philosophy. Adding to this challenge is an increasingly joint force, often assembled without the ability to build trust. To successfully enable this command philosophy, the U.S. military has to find a method outside of time intensive interaction to build that trust. This study looks particularly at the Germans model of employing Auftragstaktik and gaining trust through rigorous education and the decentralization of many personnel systems. It identifies current U.S. systems that betray trust and identifies possible solutions to an internalized understanding and practice of mission command.

Subject Categories:

  • Humanities and History
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE